Model Tatjana Patitz, best known for her appearance in George Michael’s video for his monster hit ‘Freedom ’90’, has died aged 56. She died Jan. 11 of breast cancer, her agent confirmed.
German-born Patitz was considered one of the original supermodels. She entered her first modeling competition at age 17 in Stockholm, taking third place. But a shoot with fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh that followed launched most of her career.
Singer George Michael saw her in British Vogue in 1990, then cast her in his “Freedom ’90” music video alongside Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelista.
“I was in my own zone,” she said of the “Freedom ’90” video shoot, which didn’t even see her meet Michael. “I had to slide up and down the wall for part of the day. The vibe of the whole thing was so run down, that big loft vibe. There was another setup with me lying on a lounge chair with a black tuxedo jacket. I think I might have had a bustier. And I even smoked. People were still smoking in videos back then and even in movies.
No information on survivors or a memorial was immediately available.